This morning at 6:30 AM, this emeritus pastor was trying to come up with what is wrong with the 1970 Roman Missal and I realized that if it were followed, nothing is wrong with it. The problem is what is added to it or taken away, like beauty, reverence and solemnity removed and folksiness, banality and ugliness added to it.
And that could be done to the 1962 Roman Missal too! And as you will see in the video below, it was!
And then I read what Archbishop Hector Aguer wrote and I realized I didn’t need to write it myself, but just let him speak and he speaks eloquently, cogently and is of course, he is right.
Well, if the 1962 Roman Missal were celebrated like the 1970 Roman Missal is, and technically it could be as no one would stop it, it would have the same problems as the 1970 Roman Missal has.
Perhaps, you have seen the 1960’s Elvis movie where he is singing his music at a pre-Vatican II Mass?
If the spirituality, beauty and exactness of the 1962 Roman Missal, as it is celebrated today, were brought to the 1970 Roman Missal, I doubt that those, other than liturgical geeks, could tell the difference.
And now that we are under an iron fist as it concerns the liberality of Pope Benedict giving freedom to priests and laity to celebrate the older form of the Mass without harassment, coming to a dismal conclusion, these same priests and laity need to be pioneers in restoring solemnity and beauty, Gregorian Plainchant and polyphony to the 1970 Roman Missal, as well as traditional piety, reverence and devotion!
This good Emeritus Bishop hits the nail on the head. This is a money quote from a longer article published by Rorate Caeli here.